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Microsoft Surface Pro to price at $899 and up; tablet to launch in January

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Microsoft Surface Pro to price at $899 and up; tablet to launch in January
Microsoft has announced pricing for its Microsoft Surface tablets powered by Windows 8 Pro. There will be two different variants of the tablet with the 64GB model priced at $899 and the 128GB model tagged at $999. Both tablets come with the Surface pen using Palm Block technology which allows the screen to recognize the pen as an input but won't recognize a palm touch. The pair also support the Touch Cover ($119.99) with its flat, touch-sensitive QWERTY, and the Type Cover ($129.99) which employs a more traditional QWERTY with raised keys.

The Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro

The Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro

While on the outside the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro tablets resemble the less expensive Microsoft Surface RT device, inside the Pro is powered by a Intel Core i5 processor which the Redmond based manufacturer says will provide a graphics boost for the 1,920-by-1,080 display. A USB 3.0 port is on the device. The Microsoft Surface RT, with its ARM based processor, is more of a traditional tablet, competing with the Apple iPad and Android tablets. Microsoft calls the Surface running Windows 8 Pro both a PC and a tablet, noting that can run your current Windows 7 desktop application.

The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro tablets weigh less than two pounds and are less than 14mm thick. Microsoft says it expects to launch the tablets in January.

source: Microsoft via PCMag

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posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:02 11

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5539; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The tablet space is about to get a little more interesting.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:58

11. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Agreed.

Great device, but I was hoping it would start about $100-200 lower. Well, honestly I was hoping it would be about $100 more than the Surface RT, but I knew that wouldn't happen. So /realistically/ I was hoping for $100-200 lower.

That said, still a good price. Same range as an Ultrabook, with a touchscreen, and great weight and size. Really shows off how much the mac computers are overpriced, and they don't even have (nor will they soon, more than likely) touchscreeens.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:34 1

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5539; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is just a matter of time before the Mac computers get touch screens. Maybe the Surface Pro pushes Apple to include touch screens in the MB Air in the next refresh?

Anyhows, it is a matter of when, not whether.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:27 2

23. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I would love it if a Retina Macbook Pro had a hinge that goes all the way around and a touchscreen. That would an amazing tablet.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:15

36. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I have no idea what 2 write

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 17:52 2

27. wendygarett (unregistered)


But dat price!!! Omg!!! I'll stick back to the rt version, poor me :(

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 19:33 2

34. DerryAhmad (Posts: 242; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Indeed. But with that price? It's waay too expensive for a tablet.

I think the Surface Pro should be considered as an ultra computer rather than a tablet. Then, it looks more appealing. At $1028 (Surface+Type cover), it indeed falls into the ultraPC category price.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 04:07

38. MeoCao (unregistered)


This "tablet" with 4hrs battery life, very heavy will not compete with "normal tablets".

This is a laptop in disguise.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:08 8

2. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


899? Expect failure like RT we anticipated.......
Microsoft has just decreased orders of RT...... when do you learn and sack all the management?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:55 7

19. JC557 (Posts: 856; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Why a failure? It's meant to be more than just a regular tablet, essentially a full PC in tablet form that's optimized for the platform yet cheaper than a MacBook Air. RT is still just as useful, productivity-wise, as any other tablet OS currently available.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 17:54 3

28. wendygarett (unregistered)


Rt version compete ios
Pro version compete mountain lion
Did you get the picture?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 18:03 1

30. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


If Apple did this, they'd be in the same league as Microsoft because frankly, Mountain Lion is awesome. I'm starting to really like Mac computers.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 18:14 1

32. wendygarett (unregistered)


Yeah osx is awesome, but I started to get bored now lol

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:35

39. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Please, watch the sales numbers ;-)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:11 4

3. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


It's actually somewhat cheaper than the competition. The macbook air costs $999 but comes with 64GB RAM. Still, we bash apple for being way too expensive when microsoft is barging on their territory.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:47 4

9. Commentator (Posts: 2296; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


64 GB RAM would be nice! The Surface Pro has virtually the exact same internals as the basic Air, plus a better screen.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 06:14

43. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Actually, it has more storage space, and i meant 64 GB ssd capacity, it actually has 4 GB RAM, my apologies :P Still, I truly despise windows 8, I was a huge fan of windows 7 back in the day, but right now it's pretty boring. I wanted a decent and portable laptop, quick boot-up (maximum 15 seconds to go from completely switched off to 5 tabs on my browser) an awesome keyboard and trackpad. I went for a mac and I have come across some frustrations, but nothing that made me regret my decision. This is coming from a windows 7 enthusiast. I still use my windows 7 gaming rig for what it's built for and I have absolutely no intention of getting windows 8. I also have a samsung GALAXY Note and the only phone I'd get over this one would be the Note II.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:03 6

13. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


lol, 64GB of RAM.... derp! RAM =/= hard drive capacity

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 06:06

42. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


LOL my bad xD I know what I'm talking about :P 4 GB RAM and 64 GB SSD storage

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:20 3

4. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Looks good to me.. Finally there is something that can replace my laptop..

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 17:40

26. JC557 (Posts: 856; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Personally I'll be waiting for the Lenovo Think lineup (not the IdeaPad junk) as I've had nothing but praise for the Thinkpads I've used over the years.

Still will take a good look at MS's Surface Pro offerings come next year since the Zune HD left a really good impression on me.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:27 8

5. yowanvista (Posts: 288; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Overpriced, anyone can obtain a better PC with dedicated graphics instead of that crappy lowly clocked dual core i5 with that underpowered HD4000 graphics.. Msft is adopting Apple's way of marketing with exaggerated prices..

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:43 4

8. haseebzahid (Posts: 1808; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


is MACbooks not overpriced considering nothing but standard laptops and pricing over 1000$ and this is atleast giving more in return for less price then s**ty macbooks

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:04 3

14. xtroid2k (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


what your forgetting is that apple sells a tablet which runs a watered down OS with limited capabilities. This is not only a tablet, its a full pc with full capabilities. So in my opinion MSFT just out did apple by not only doing one better customers will eventually see more value in the surface.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:32 8

6. twens (Posts: 520; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


So finally its coming. I sold and saved the money I got from my iPad 3 just to wait for this beauty. Now I can have a tablet and a PC all in one. I just love technology. Thank you Microsoft. I have been dreaming of this from the 1st day I heard about the OG iPad.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:33 8

7. bntran0410 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


I think people make the mistake in comparing it to other tablets when in fact it should be compared to an ultrabook or macbook air with a touchscreen. Pricing looks reasonable to me.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:57

10. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Preorders?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:36

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5539; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yeah.... More opportunity to buy toys. :-)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:00

12. Johnnokia (Posts: 465; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I would buy HP Envy X2 or Asus Vivo Tab... They are Windows 8 tablet PC and cheaper.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:12 1

15. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Which is a great thing about WIndows: choice. This is essentially MIcrosoft's Nexus tablet: built and priced how they want it as a benchmark, and let the other OEMs do their own thing.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:57 1

20. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Neither of which is running an I5. Both are running atom processors which, quite frankly, stink... neither has a 1080p display... and I wouldn't wipe my a** with anything made by HP. I would like the Asus if it had a better processor.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:46

18. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


$100 less and i would be sold on it. I'm just curious about battery life and performance. as much as i want to jump on a full os tab bandwagon i think i'll sit out the first round and wait for the price to drop

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:08

21. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Memory size (RAM) out of the box? I'm guessing 4GB out of the box upgradable to 8GB or 16GB max?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:18

22. tigermcm (Posts: 672; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


interesting how some are stating it should be priced lower comparing it to tablets when its more of an ultrabook without a keyboard like someone mentioned. you cant please every one. the pricing seems reasonable, if it were lower it would be right behind rt prices

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 17:19

24. gazmatic (Posts: 523; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


This cannot be compared with tablets. Its better. This is to compete with ultrabooks and mac airs.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 17:38

25. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I remember when you could buy terabytes for peanuts. What the hell happened?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 18:06

31. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5539; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You still can buy terrabytes for peanuts. Just not in a Surface Pro. Maybe in a Surface Pro 2.0

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 19:33

35. zitibooth (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


Solid State Drives happened... you want terabytes for peanuts you'll need to get a mechanical drive.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 17:58

29. zitibooth (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


Where are the tablets with 3G or LTE?! I heard about two of them back in October that were going to go to AT&T but frankly that's not good enough. If i'm going to spend $1000 on a Windows 8 Pro tablet it better have a wireless radio otherwise I might as well buy an ultrabook and use my phone's WiFi hotspot.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 18:25

33. ElektronicGeek91 (Posts: 105; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


That's great, Im glad I didn't purchase the RT version just yet. I normally get things around the time they first come out, but I guess patients is a virtue in this case.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 22:12

37. jove39 (Posts: 1252; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


So its way out of tablet price range...hmm...anyway...It'll thrash any other tablet out there performance wise...will wait for reviews.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:53

40. jibraihimi (Posts: 663; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


They should have priced both the versions $100 less, or to make it a good looking deal at this price point, they should have also thrown touch/type covers free with them.......... Hope they will do this by the time they launch this in January.......

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 16:23

41. MC1123 (Posts: 1231; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


its should be launch this december! aqnd im pretty sure that it will eat all the tablet shares...

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